The culture and symbolism that has evolved around the end of life is complex and fascinating. Changes in the way human beings record deaths, dispose of the dead, and commemorate them, have changed considerably over the centuries, and on this course, we will examine how this has been done in England and Wales from the Iron Age to the twentieth century. The course will include guidance for family and local historians on finding, interpreting and recording burials and monuments, and we will take two illustrative field trips to local graveyards to consildate our knowledge.
Topics covered will include:
- changes in burial places over the centuries
- types of monument, their decoration and symbolism
- the ethics of burial archaeology
- funerary items and what they can tell us about the deceased
- the church graveyard and its records
- funerary and commemorative memorabilia
- recording graveyards and monumental inscriptions
- two illustrative field trips to graveyards local to the Wilmslow area.
No previous knowledge is assumed. The tutor is a highly experienced, published historian who has been teaching adults since 1988, and lurking in graveyards (for professional purposes only!) for just as long!